Don Cornelius with Full Force on an episode of Soul Train

*Bowlegged Lou says he and his group Full Force have always enjoyed a special relationship with Don Cornelius – so much so that the creator and host of “Soul Train” agreed to participate in the band’s “Unsung” special that premiered Monday, despite having turned down every single request from TV One to participate in other “Unsung” episodes, including shows on The Spinners, The O’Jays and Bootsy Collins.

Cornelius had even RSVP’d for TV One’s screening of its Full Force “Unsung” that took place Saturday in Los Angeles, and Lou was prepared to present him at the event with an engraved plaque that expressed the group’s appreciation of his support throughout the years.

But for some reason, Cornelius never showed up.

Plaque that was to be presented to Don Cornelius by Full Force at Saturday's "Unsung" screening in Los Angeles

While fans continue to express shock and disbelief over the death of Don Cornelius, Bowlegged Lou is struggling with a broken heart.

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Bow Legged Lou

In the below phone conversation with EURweb’s Lee Bailey, Lou shares his personal memories of Cornelius, and expresses deep frustration that the TV icon was never properly celebrated while he was alive. [Scroll down to watch Full Force perform on “Soul Train.”]